4 Ways to Control Remodeling Dust
It's no surprise that home remodeling is dusty business. In some cases, home remodeling activities have been shown to increase the amount of dust in the air by 10 times. To make things worse, many dusts generated during home remodeling can cause adverse health effects include silicosis, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and Kidney disease. Some are even linked to cancer.
"80% of contractors surveyed have a plan to improve their dust control program"
After understanding the dirty side of dust, this statistic is no surprise. Clients are also aware of the health effects and general inconvenience caused by renovation dust. Because of this, it’s more important than ever to meet the need for an improved dust control program.
The fact is, most homeowners choose to live in the home during a remodel and expect the contractor to make proper dust control efforts. In many cases, contractors fail to provide an adequate level of dust control and clients are left unsatisfied. Some contractors consider dust control to be a losing battle, but this does not have to be the case. With proper planning, it’s possible for your clients to experience a truly livable remodel.
Helpful Tips for Reducing Jobsite Dust
There is no miracle solution, but by using a collective approach you can significantly reduce jobsite dust and impress your clients. Here are the four most important practices every contractor should follow to reduce remodeling dust.
1. Dust Barriers – Isolate the work area with poly sheeting, seal HVAC vents, and designate an entry point. This will help prevent dust from leaving the workspace and drifting into other areas of the residence. Though this step is important for protecting your clients and their belongings, it will not decrease the amount of dust in the workspace. Active measures should be taken to protect your workers.
2. Vacuum Equipped tools – Many power tools can be purchased with a vacuum collection port including drills, saws, and sanders. Always use vacuum equipped tools when possible. This method is not possible for some tasks including demolition which is one reason why an air scrubber may be necessary.
3. Air scrubbers – Some dust will inevitably become airborne. This dust will be breathed in, settle in the workspace, or enter unwanted areas of the residence. By constantly exchanging the air in the workspace, any airborne dust can be removed before it is breathed in or settles on your client’s belongings.
4. Negative pressure in the workspace – Air scrubbers can often be vented outside to create a negative pressure in the workspace. This causes a continual draw of fresh air into the workspace and prevents dust from entering other areas of the residence.
By using a combination of these approaches you can significantly reduce jobsite dust and look professional while doing it.
Air Scrubbers: Your Final Defense
No matter how careful you are, some dust will inevitably become airborne. And it's the airborne dust that's the real nuisance. It's the stuff that infiltrates other areas of the residence and settles on your clients belongings.
Air scrubbers are the most effective way to remove airborne dust, but are often over looked due to the high costs associated with filter replacements. But, this is no longer the case. Changing OSHA regulations have opened the door to filterless technology, making this important step in dust control more accessible than ever before.
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Written by Mitchell Frechette and published on 9/30/2020